Chelsea have made a late attempt to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane despite his ‘imminent’ transfer to Man Utd, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire his number one target this summer after agreeing a fee to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford.

The Sun claimed on Friday that Man Utd deals for Varane and Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier were ‘all but done with announcements expected towards the end of next week’.


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It is understood that the Red Devils will pay Real Madrid around £50m for Varane, who will sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

That news was promising for Man Utd supporters with a couple of negative stories appearing in the few days before The Sun exclusive.

One report said that Varane had ‘no problem’ waiting a year to move to Old Trafford, while another insisted United were ‘moving cautiously’ with the club ‘determined to avoid a repeat scenario’ of the Sergio Ramos situation in 2015.

And now a David Alonso, a reporter for Spanish website Onda Cero, backs up The Sun‘s story from Friday, claiming an agreement over Varane is “imminent”.

Alonso said: “As we have already advanced, Varane is close to Manchester United. The agreement is imminent. It is going to close in the next few days for about 50 million euros.”

Although Spanish newspaper Marca add today that Chelsea have registered their interest late in the day as they attempt to hijack the Red Devils’ deal for Varane.

There is no hint that their late interest will sway Varane with the Real Madrid centre-back still expected to seal a deal to Old Trafford.

However, the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be very keen on bringing a centre-back to Stamford Bridge this summer, with Chelsea linked to Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba, among others.

 





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